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Lora's Cottage - Cottages By The Beach - 2nd cottage from the beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 528 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

5Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps up to 5)

January through March, book 2 nights and get a 3rd night free. Contact us to send an exact quote. For long term stays, rates start as low as $1250 per month depending on occupancy. Contact us for an exact quote.

Lora’s Cottage, an original Birch Bay beach cottage, lovingly restored with modern appliances and furnishings while leaving the original character of the cottage

If you want some of the best and easiest beach access in Birch Bay, try Lora's Cottage. You'll find several miles of open beach to walk or bike. When the tide is out there are miles of tide flats on which to make sand castles or clam. And one of the features which sets this cottage apart is a delightful gated, wooden foot bridge that leads to a privately owned spit where you can find your own driftwood log to sit on and gaze at sunsets, sometimes peaceful in pastel blue and yellow or raucous in vivid color splashed across the sky.

Lora's Cottage inspires comments like 'That cottage is sooo cute! as walkers stroll past the white picket fence. Modern comforts & new furnishings simply make Lora's mellow age all the more delightful! Old fashioned wood windows let partial views of the Bay & sunshine in, while original wood floors throughout & a tiled wood stove give warmth & a great atmosphere for summer vacation or a romantic getaway. (wood provided in winter, electric heat throughout)

One bedroom has a very comfy queen memory mattress bed plus our second cable TV, an LCD flat screen. The second has a full bed. A leather queen sofa sleeper in the living room sleeps two more. This sofa is made by American Leather and has no bars under it. It is very comfortable! Lora's is a perfect little cottage for two, comfortable for four and sleeps 6 in a pinch.

A short walk south along the Bay brings you to Birch Bay's 'C' shop--known all over the county for its European trained chocolatier's - watch as they craft. You'll find pastries, breads, pizza and lunch there as well. Though not open winter months, you can order ahead Christmas and Easter goodies. Across the street is Bay Cafe, open year 'round. A short walk north on Birch Bay Drive takes you to Shores, Tradewinds Cafe, and CJ's Restaurants, more restaurants & golf. Or how about just relaxing on your own old-fashioned covered sitting porch at the cottage with lemonade or iced tea? Or grind your own coffee beans for that perfect cup. In the new little tea cupboard is a vintage china tea set. Chances are you'll find some Stash tea in the cupboard and...there are some crystal wine goblets! We have added a new Weber grill, beautifully clad in green enamel and there's a large yard, too, for picnics & play.

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Patti

We purchased Lora’s Cottage in 2004. We own 3 cottages all on Lora Lane. We rent 2 of them almost exclusively vacations. After retiring, we moved into the 3rd cottage. Our other cottage is Seashell Cottage, VRBO # 37252.

We believe in being locally connected and belong to the Birch Bay and Blaine Chambers of Commerce, Bellingham – Whatcom Tourism and Go Northwest.

Patti purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Patti chose Birch Bay

We were attracted to Lora's Cottage because it is one house from the beach and also includes shared private beach rights to an undeveloped portion of the spit at the mouth of Terrill Creek. One of the features we truly enjoy about this property and Seashell Cottage (across the lane from Lora's) is that there is no railroad track to cross. This type of beach property is not common in Washington State. So it's very easy to get to the beach and that was very important to us. It's away from the hustle and bustle of urban living and yet has a wonderful year 'round holiday good times flavor. Also we were drawn by the low bank beach, no hills or berms or bluffs to hike down. The cottage itself held so much charm and we knew it had a lot of potential because of that before we renovated. It is really fun to go crabbing in August. We catch a lot of crab and one of the things we enjoy is sharing it with others and upon many occasions are able to share with our rental guests. The non-stop water views of the entire area, whether Birch Bay, Blaine or Semiahmoo were a tremendous attraction to us as well as the great diversity of the area.

What makes this cottage unique

It is so lovely to sit on the front porch, we really enjoy having drinks with either friends or family and watch the sunset over the water, feel the gentle breeze from the west. We were attracted, too, by how easy it is to just walk over to the beach whenever we feel like it, maybe to watch eagles or watch a spectacular sunset. Our daughter loves the 'C' Shop and we are anticipating her children enjoying it too and having memories of goodies planted in their heads in just a few years when they're old enough. The cottage is a little dollhouse and was so much fun to decorate.


Birch Bay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 528 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Clawfoot tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Convertible bed - 1 queen , In living room.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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Lora's Cottage - Cottages By The Beach - 2nd cottage from the beach
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding Setting and accommodations! Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Cinnamon buns were decadently delicious!!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute cottage with way too many rules and restrictions

  • 1 of 5

Think about what type of vacation you want before booking this property! The cottage was very clean, cute and in a great location; however, the property managers made us feel uncomfortable and our trip was strained because of all the " policies" that the property had. If you want a relaxed vacation with family around this would not be a good place for you!

We were down for a family gathering with our two young kids and wanted to have a nice place where people could come and have a drink and dinner after spending the day at the beach. We rented Loras cottage and our family rented the larger cottage next door for convenience and to spend evenings catching up. We weren't allowed a family BBQ as it was considered and "event" and were told we would have to take it to the beach. They said it was a county bylaw, but after speaking to the sheriff he said he had never heard of that before. The managers property is situated directly on the yard of the cottage and they are there at all times patrolling the grounds. We asked to set up a tent so the kids could stay in it and that was an issue. Any visitors that came to stop in and say hi, we're not allowed to park anywhere ( even though there was plenty of space) because their car was not registered. Overall we felt uncomfortable and constantly being watched while we were there with our Family and would not ever recommend or book this cottage again.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a traveler that booked for 4 and by their admission brought at least 7 to stay the night. Traveler states family member booked our house across the street. That family member booked for 9 and brought far more than that to stay the night. Both set up tents in the yard to help accommodate these additional guests. One of their group estimated they had about 40 people staying during the day. The traveler mentions parking, there were 11 vehicles and the group wanted to park a 12th one. We simple could not accommodate that number. The traveler told us they had not been to Birch Bay for quite a number of years. Birch Bay has changed in that time and has become very family oriented. If we had known the type of gathering this traveler wanted we would have gladly referred them to a property farther up the beach that could have accommodated their size.
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This is a very cozy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect, peaceful and close to beach. The beds are very firm and the fold-out couch is very comfy. All the comforts of home in a rustic cottage with an amazing yard.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best organized/equipped vrbo!

  • 5 of 5

1. Clean 2. SUPER well organized 3. Pleasant setting 4. Comfortable bed 5. great and responsive local manager 6. good value

Very convenient location, very comfortable and pleasant to sit out on the deck - I had several questions for the manager and she was great! This was probably the only place we've stayed where my very well organized wife was really impressed by how everything was available, labeled, extra everything ... really, really nicely done.


  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ron and Laurie! We enjoyed having you stay at Lora's Cottage. We hope to see you again in the future. Kelvin and Patti
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Relaxing Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Please don't hesitate to stay at Lora's Cottage. You will have everything you need there and the setting is magnificent! From the front porch you and your family can enjoy the beautiful hour long sunsets. There are miles of beaches to explore and lots of day trips to enjoy. You will actually save money because you can cook in the well stocked kitchen. Also there is grill and laundry. G

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A magical little Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week away in this very sweet and quaint seaside cottage. We enjoyed exploring Birch Bay, the surrounding areas but especially treasure hunting on the beach. Lora's cottage was warm, cozy, clean and inviting. Owners Kelvin and Patti were gracious, friendly and kind hosts. I highly recommend their property. In fact, I've already booked a return getaway! Only an hour away from home! We are looking forward to going back!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Kristen! We've had a lot of fun decorating and equipping the cottage and it's so appreciated to hear how our guests enjoy it. We look forward to your return! Kelvin and Patti
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Bellingham, Seattle, Vancouver
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Interstate 5
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Vonna's Purple Fin
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Mt Baker
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Birch Bay

The beach Is the major attraction, the water is warm because of the tide flat. The cottage is located across from several miles of unobstructed beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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